KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kaneohe family is mourning the loss of a loved one. Frank Iokewe Ryder was killed early this morning while walking down Kahekili Highway.
The victim's family wasn't sure where he was walking to but they know he will be missed.
Prayers filled the side of Kahekili Highway near Okana Road as news travelled to family in the area that 28 year old Frank Iokewe Ryder had died.
"I was shocked. I was sleeping and my sister in law woke me up and told me he was gone," said Luana Estocado, Aunt.
Police immediately began surveying the scene. They say the Toyota SUV hit Ryder as he walking on the mauka shoulder. The car and victim were both heading south on Kahekili Highway at 5:20 this morning when the car veered off and hit Ryder from behind.
"Iokewe is dear to me. I love him so much. We all lived together for four and a half years. My husband passed away almost four years ago and when I came home after he passed Iokewe was right there with me and comforting me and doing everything for the funeral," said a tearful Estocado.
His half brother was with him just last night. They had gone bowling together and had fun like they always did.
"He was one of a kind, full of life and he's outgoing, very outgoing," said Kama Kaaihui, half-brother.
The driver is a 56 year old woman from Kaneohe. It was not raining at the time and the road wasn't wet. The police recorder says speed, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor. However she did have her blood drawn to make sure. Results will be known in a few days.
The driver did stop at the scene. She was not arrested. Police are asking witnesses to call the traffic division at 808-529-3499.